‘Beauty & the Beast, Jr.’ at the Waldo Theatre
Waldoboro — “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Jr.” will open Friday, Nov. 2 for a two-weekend run at the Waldo Theatre, Main Street/Route 220. Performances will be Fridays, Nov. 2 and 9 at 7 p.m.; and Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 3, 4, 10 and 11 at 2 p.m.
The cast ranges in age from 6-year-old Haley Puchalski, who plays a wolf, a utensil and a villager; to 17-year-olds Sam Inman, who plays the Beast, and Justice Kennedy, narrator and ensemble member. Inman and Kennedy will graduate from Lincoln Academy in June, so this is their last year of performing youth theater. Kennedy joined the Waldo last fall for “Mulan, Jr.” and Inman has done numerous plays and musicals at the Waldo. The inside joke is that Inman always gets to wear something ridiculous on his head, and his Beast costume falls right in line.
The enchanted castle, and provincial France, can be found on the Waldo stage. Belle (Emma Tolley) wants something more than the obnoxious Gaston (Christina McClure) has to offer her, and she finds love in the strangest of places. When her father, Maurice (Norbert Ferrero), disappears in the woods, she sets off to save him and finds herself being escorted around by a clock (Amelia Rosko) and a candleabra (Kayleigh Tolley); being dressed by a operatic bureau (Katherine Tolley); and served tea by Mrs. Potts (Aidan Giasson/ Cayleigh Hearth on Nov. 9 and 10) in a live cup (Tristan Hearth) at a table set by a feather duster (Ivy Laakso).
The narrators (Thomas Coombs, Justice Kennedy, Chris Holmes, Gabe Ferrero and Cayleigh Hearth) help spin this tale along with the very talented ensemble including Lydia Laslavic, Katherine McCue, Honora Boothby, and Victoria Libby as the silly girls; Nate Carlson as M. D'Arque, the bookseller, and the prince; Andrew Lyndaker as Lefou; Daniel Vannah as the baker; Hermione Blanchard-Fleming as Marie; and Katie Powers, Kaylin Lizotte, Edwin Stone, Zaniah Puchalski and Molly Jennings as enchanted objects, saloon patrons, and villagers.
This timeless tale of love and friendship features music by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Menken and Tim Rice. The book was written by Linda Woolverton. “Beauty and the Beast, Jr.” is directed by Melissa Hearth with music direction by Aaron Robinson; lights by Jim Buckingham, Chris Powers and Chrys Hearth; costumes by Sue Ghoreyeb, Donna McClure, Lucy Craib, Melissa Hearth and Lucy Laslavic; stage management Chris Holmes; choreography Melissa Hearth; and set by Tod Widdecombe, Kim Tolley and Melissa Hearth.
Tickets are $10, $5 for students, available at the door a half-hour hour before performances; and in advance at Waltz Pharmacy in Waldoboro and Maine Coast Book Store in Damariscotta. Reservations can be made by leaving a message at 832-6060 or writing to email@example.com.
Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or firstname.lastname@example.org.